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Video: Nancy Pelosi Visits Tufts in Midst of Budget Battle

Pelosi: "As long as we don't have to take something to the floor, I can be with you right now."

Note: You can find more video from this event .

Nancy Pelosi took the stage at Cohen Auditorium on the Tufts campus Friday afternoon with the federal budget in gridlock in Washington.

"Minute to minute, hour to hour, we're getting reports," Pelosi said. "As long as we don't have to take something to the floor, I can be with you right now."

Pelosi was the guest for the inaugural Alan D. Solomont lecture. She took the stage shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, gave a brief speech, then answered questions from Solomont, a Tufts alumnus who is the U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra.

The issues holding back the federal budget have been narrowed to about a half dozen, including funding for planned parenthood and clean air/clean energy programs, Pelosi said.

"There were 50, then there were 25, now it's down to about six areas of policy disagreement," Pelosi said. "The policy issues don't really belong in this kind of bill, but nonetheless, they are there."

"You really can't split the difference if splitting the difference means half the kids are going to be thrown off Head Start, but not the full number, or that half the home-bound seniors will lose meals," Pelosi said. "...You can't just talk about dollars -- you have to talk about values."

The House minority leader spoke out against a government shutdown.

"It's really unfair to the American people," Pelosi said. "It will create a level of payouts that is unworthy, if it were to shut down. It's not a tactic or a strategy that is worthy of the aspirations of the American people."

Looking forward to 2012 elections, Pelosi called for Democrats and Republicans to find common ground when it comes to values.

"Try to make sure that the values that I'm sure we all share are reflected in the choice you make," Pelosi said. "Another I way I would say to my Republican friends: Take back your party, so it doesn't matter so much who wins the election because we have shared values about the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, have civil liberties, how we respect our seniors."

Before leaving the stage, Pelosi was presented with some Red Sox apparel for her grandchildren and a stuffed Tufts Jumbos elephant.

Pelosi's visit to the Boston area continued with a visit to the National Conference for Media Reform later on Friday.

wayne April 09, 2011 at 03:19 AM
pelosi is such a giving and thoughtful person...she was probably out sniffing up meals for those 3 million seniors that she is so worried about!! thank you wonderful nancy
HippieCrusher April 09, 2011 at 03:20 AM
Total trips: 85 trips over a 68 week period or 1.25 average trips per week. Total mileage: 206,264 miles or 2,427 average miles per trip Total flying time: 428.6 hours or an average of 5 hrs per trip Cost to the taxpayers: $2,100,744.59 or $27,715.00 per trip or $1,285,162.00 per year Cost of in flight food and alcohol: $101,429.14 or $1,193.00 per trip or $62,051.00 per year. On one junket to Baghdad, according to the Air Force report, she had the aircraft bar stocked with Johnny Walker Red Scotch, Grey Goose Vodka, E&J Brandy, Bailey's Irish Creme, Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier Cognac, Bacardi Rum, Jim Beam Whiskey, Beefeater Gin, Dewars Scotch, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Corona Beer and several varieties of wine. This was obviously a very important "gubment bidness" trip.
dudette45 April 09, 2011 at 03:21 AM
Exactly why are you laughing?
dudette45 April 09, 2011 at 03:25 AM
Thank you Kerry
Jim Biven April 09, 2011 at 03:27 AM
Any legislator who's taken money from Planned Parenthood should not be voting for their continued funding. If they do, they should be removed from office and face criminal charges at the State and Federal level. These people take our tax dollars from people that bribe them with those same tax dollars. Does anyone who's a prosecutor not see something illegal in their behavior?
Delta Mary April 09, 2011 at 03:29 AM
I'll use Mr West's words and Judge Judy's Book title: "DON'T BLOW SUNSHINE UP MY BUTT" AND "DON'[T PEE ON MY LEG AND TELL ME IT'S RAINING" both for pelosi, reid and obama
Judith Nordahl April 09, 2011 at 03:39 AM
If Pelisi truly cared about "starving seniors", she would (and certainly could) immediately write a check to reimburse American taxpayers for the MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars she wasted flying around on her Special Air Force plane. What a loathsome creture she is.
Delta Mary April 09, 2011 at 03:53 AM
I am a retired Professional female in my 70's, educated, PHD in LIFE--I could do Pelosi's job , Clean the House, Cook the meals, Mow the Yard , Sew a dress , drive myself to work in my own car and gas and still have time to read a book. She is pushing 70 - so what does she do? Just blow smoke up our butts. We got you number, BABE!
Donna Zouvas April 09, 2011 at 04:39 AM
She's dispicable, along with Harry Ried; that says it all.
Neils60 April 09, 2011 at 05:25 AM
Nancy's committment is to President George Soros, not 'the little people", regardless of what she'll tell you. Unfortunately, she's not alone.
Gavin April 09, 2011 at 06:33 AM
I agree, Colleen. But I think we know why they didn't pass a budget last year -- the midterms. They already had their fingers up into the political winds, and they knew the shellacking that was coming. Imagine how much worse it would have been for them (politically) if they had proposed a budget with $1.6T in deficits (what we're seeing this year). I believe they would have lost the Senate as well, plus losing even more in the House. Not proposing/passing a budget last year was political trickery on the part of the Democratically controlled House and Senate.
Gavin April 09, 2011 at 07:04 AM
Very true. And let's not forget that, upon becoming Speaker in 2007, she was pushing for alternate fuel supplies like natural gas, then switched her focus to windmill technology in 2009. In 2007, T. Boone Pickens (energy CEO) ran a lot of ads pushing for natural gas production. Then he dumped that in favor of wind technology in 2009. At the same time, Pelosi's husband's investments were shifting to natural gas, then wind technology, accordingly. Are we to believe this is some bizarre coincidence??? Of course not, Pelosi was enriching herself by engaging in, basically, insider trading whereby she was creating the conditions in which her husband's stock would (and did) rise dramatically. "Nothing to see here, folks. Move along!"
Clarence Greene April 09, 2011 at 09:31 AM
One comment on the story in general - it would have been nice to include the location of Tufts University. The hook reflects that Pelosi left town at a crutial juncture. It fails to highlight how far away she was. Journalism 101.
Lee Webb April 09, 2011 at 11:31 AM
The 2010 Baja quake killed only 2 people, and that was because of shoddy home construction. There was far more damage in California from that quake than in Mexico, where it was centered. The LA and SF faults have far more potential for future destruction than the Mexicali fault -- Google it. The Baja peninsula consists of 36 million acres of the best undeveloped real estate in the world, fantastic beaches, deep sea fishing in the Sea of Cortez, etc., etc. Baja connects more to the USA than it does to Mexico, less hurricane potential than Florida or the Gulf, warmer winters & cooler summers than Florida, check it out. Read www.ideasforourfuture.com, topic #2. The purchase of Baja by the US government would make both Mexico and the USA solvent, stop the drug cartels, bring most of the itinerant Mexican laborors down to Baja where they could be part of the biggest land development project in the history of the world. Only one thing -- when our debt is paid off, congress must be forced to enact an iron-clad balanced budget amendment. Please listen to the logic, people. Thanks for your time, Lee Webb, Naples, FL & Broomfield, CO lwebb82@comcast.net www.ideasforourfuture.com
Kim April 09, 2011 at 12:13 PM
From FreedomTalk Forum: "WHO IS THE BIGGEST CROOK?: --QADDAFY'S LOOT: 30 BILLION IN 30 YEARS. --OBAMA'S LOOT : $1300 BILLION IN 2 YEARS ----BIGGEST CROOK IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!!! ALL THE 1300 BILLION STIMULUS  MONEY HAS BEEN STOLEN BY THE DEMOCRATS LED BY OBAMA AND PELOSI. THIS MONEY WAS SUPPOSEDLY FOR NEEDY AMERICANS......BUT WAS STOLEN INSTEAD BY THESE CROOKS. ALL DEMOCRATS AND LIBERALS  HAVE SHARED IN THE LOOT AND ARE GUILTY OF GRAND THEFT! THE 1.3 TRILLION STIMULUS THEFT IS A SINGLE AND BIGGEST THEFT OF PUBLIC FUNDS  EVER DONE TO ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD HERE IS HOW THESE CROOKS STOLE OUR CASH: OBAMA'S LOOT IS HIDDEN IN VAULTS IN HAWAII AND CHICAGO PELOSI" LOOT= 200 BILLION --PELOSI TOOK THE CASH IN AIR FORCE PLANES TO HER RANCH IN CALIFORNIA. SHE BY PASSED AIRPORT SECURITY AND TOOK THE CASH! 100 BILLION WAS RESERVED BY PELOSI TO PAY REPUBLICANS AND TEA PARTY  MEMBERS TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT OBAMA'S  ID AND BIRTH CERTIFICATE EXAMPLE: SCOTT BROWN, WAS PAID BY PELOSI SO MUCH CASH THAT HE NOW SERVES OBAMA 24/7 THE REST WAS DIVIDED AMONG DEMOCRATS CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN AND DEMOCRATIC SENATORS"
Bippy Bellito April 09, 2011 at 12:38 PM
Nancy, following Obama's Lead, skipped town. I guess no one got the message to Harry Reid. Although he may have been in a Cowboy Poetry session. Run, Nancy, Run.
Hilly April 09, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Delta Mary I believe Pelosi is 71 yrs of age. She tries to look 20..
Hilly April 09, 2011 at 12:46 PM
What I read she & husband had very little money until she became a Congresswoman. Then shady deal began the fishing industry business... THEN they became rich.
Yote April 09, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Sooo Funny! When Pelosi was in charge, she wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire. Now that she's in the "back seat", she's urging us to find common ground. What a hypocrite!
Hilly April 09, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Now that she is not speaker she should be flying coach.....Maybe we should check to make sure she is flying coach.
Hilly April 09, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Do you believe for ONE moment that Pelosi cares about the poor... She cares about looking 20...... and getting her hair done.
Jim Bob April 09, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Why is this a story? Pelosi is not a leader of ANYTHING, she is just a single vote.......... she is nothing.
Hilly April 09, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Hi Dudette45 If Barney would spend the Money Pelosi on hair & nails I am sure Barney could have them too. She thinks she is a Celb. Same as Michelle Obama was wearing Chain store clothes when they were running for Pres. Now she seeks designer shops with $1,200 purses... Hopefully we have enough people awake (not sleeping) that we can get the Glitz out of thWhite House in 12.....
LEL MN April 09, 2011 at 01:17 PM
I agree with Nancy, it is all about values. With Gold closing at $1474.52 per ounce and Silver closing at $40.93 per ounce it should be obvious that the VALUE of America's Dollar is declining. Declining to the point where even CNBC printed an article about the Toxic Dollar and its removal as the World Standard Currency, but only those who hold dollars have to worry about that. To paraphrase Florida's congressman Douche who said It's not that Medicare is expensive, it's just that we have so many poor people; So it follows - It's not that Gold & Silver is expensive, it's just that the dollar is worth less. I wonder if Germany, Saudi Arabia, and China will bail-out America .....
Alan M. April 09, 2011 at 01:28 PM
"Take back your party so it doesn't matter so much who wins the election." She says this in Massachusetts and people celebrate and support her. In other words, she believes that the best way to run the American government is when both parties are so similar that the elections we conduct are just for show - they don't really matter, and she says it without, apparently, any hint of irony. She really means it, as long as she's one of the people who remains in power, who continues to get elected. People here these things come out of her mouth - it's really a Totalitarian sentiment - and they just refuse to acknowledge them.
Jo Anne April 09, 2011 at 01:42 PM
I love the comments that each of you have shared on this blog--many are so on target, however what concerns me most is her being a keynote speaker this week end at the George Soros sponsored "Media" event. This group of anarchists, along with a great deal of help from the President, have plans to destroy this country. Just look at who the mentors of BHO were. My parents always told me "Show me your friends and I will show you your future." Still goes. PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY!
Kim April 09, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Obama and Pelosi have out-manuvered Boehner and are laughing at the Tea Party, American people and shredding the US Constitution and nobody realizes Obama has destroyed the GOP in 24 hrs. Obama is the victor and his re-election is certain now. America must realize Obama will get 4 more years. It's over for the opposition, it's over for our Country and our Constitution. We are done for.... Finished by these crooks.
Bonnie Wheeler April 09, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Can anyone imagine signing any sort of paper without first knowing what was in it? Yet that is what Nacny Peolosi said about the health care bill. How did someone this dumb ever get voted into office?
Bippy Bellito April 09, 2011 at 11:38 PM
I couldn't agree more. How do we get him out, however? The Main Stream Media thinks that anyone that raises the question is a NUT and treats them that way. They throw John McCain up as not being born in the US, but he was born to American parents who were in the service of their country when he was born. Keep up the fight. Thanks for the response.
Maureen Bender April 14, 2011 at 05:47 AM
Republican friends?? since when??? last year, we were turf. You are not my friend ever!!! We share the same values__since when? If that is so, why then did you pass the healthcare bill behind closed locked doors?? "You have to pass the bill to know what's in it" You are a totally dishonest woman who most people don't trust or believe.

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